We are happy to premier Minneapolis’ own, Cool Pollution, with their first ever video, “Where’s My Phone?” The entire video, which was shot manually (no-auto focus), is entertaining and full of its own quirks. The video was filmed throughout one day in the Twin Cities, using a variety of shots of downtown Minneapolis / St.Paul and the nature that surrounds the two cities. The track, which is featured off Cool Pollution’s album, Landlocked with Lakes, possesses a sense of wonder – Where is the PHONE?
This Thursday, Cool Pollution will be joining Glow Mechanics at The Nomad, for their final Thursday residency show. Continue to stay tuned for more from Cool Pollution as they continue to surface the local music scene.
Actor and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for the acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy and studied theater at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy, Futurestates) will begin filming his own adaptation of the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in Miami this fall. Simply titled Moonlight, the film follows a young man, Chiron, in 1980s Miami during the War on Drugs at three important moments in his life as he deals with a rough home-life and his developing sexuality. Additional casting for the film is currently underway and Indie film production company A24, which is also behind this year’s Ex Machina and Amy, will be teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions to finance the project. Adele Romanski (Bad Milo, War Story) will also serve as the film’s producer. This will be the second major production for director Jenkins, whose Medicine For Melancholy received much critical praise in 2008 when it was first seen at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008. Actor and playwright Terell Alvin McCraney was born in Miami, Florida in 1980 and attended the Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, graduating with a BFA in acting and receiving the Sarah Siddons Award in 2003. We’ll keep an eye out for additional news.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Wedneday, May 13th @ 8PM
Our homies from Beasthead recently went through a roller coaster ordeal involving the bulk of their equipment being stolen from their car. After a long couple of weeks tracking down the stolen merch in conjunction with the local authorities and a few trusty pawn shop owners, Beasthead has recovered 3 out of the 5 stolen items. The scene has embraced the cause as well with a variety of local bands stepping up to play including Cruel Love, Glow Mechanics, Cool Polution, Sayth and many more. On top of that, it’s Doug’s birthday so we’ll be partying a little extra hard, not bad for a Wednesday night. The door is 21+ and there is a suggested donation of $5 (don’t be that person), if you can’t make the show you can hit up their GoFundMe page to contribute whatever you’re able to. If you’re looking for something to fill in your evening, come down to the Nomad Wednesday for what should be a great time.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, May 6th @ 7:30PM
As the weather starts to heat up, one can’t help but think of the approaching summer months. With Soundset, Memory Lanes’ Block Party, Art-A-Whirl and more all going down in May; we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Tonight, Pornonono, Jon Jones, and Gospel Machine will play what might be one of the sexiest shows in quite some time. This might not be the show to hit up if you’re trying to “turn up”, but it could definitely take your date night to the next level. The event is 18+ and tickets are on sale now for only $6, click the link below to grab yours now.
This past Thursday, Pornonono continued their residency at the Nomad for their second to last show for their Minneseries. The night was set up to be a good one with three solid groups billed for the night: Pornonono, Beasthead and Bae Tigre. It is hard to believe that quality shows like this are still free. Maybe it is a Minneapolis thing, or maybe it is the Nomad being generous enough to continue to open their doors for indie bands throughout the twin cities.
Beasthead kicked off the night, followed by the soothing and ever talented Bae Tigre. Pornonono then took to the stage to finish the night strong, to make for another successful night of music at the Nomad. These are all bands you might want to keep a lookout for in 2015, as they all are currently working on new projects and plan for new releases in the near future. Stay tuned here and if you haven’t yet, check out their latest music below.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Friday, January 23rd @ 7PM
This weekend marks yet another filled with an abundance of shows. Tonight, The Current will be hosting their 10th anniversary party at First Ave’s main room and the line up looks pretty dope. Throughout the night, there will be performances from Allan Kingdom, Hippo Campus, Cold War Kids and Dead Man Winter among others, rounding out an eclectic night. This one’s 18+ and tickets are SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to check Craigslist, Facebook, or scalp at the door.
The homies from Beasthead will be joining Royal Canoe on their current tour at 7th Street Entry. The Canadian Indie band (Royal Canoe) have really gained in popularity over the last few years. After joining Alt-J on tour and recently winning the Alternative Album of the Year from Canada’s Juno Awards – the group continues to trend upward while touring the states. For $10 a ticket, we expect to see some familiar faces at 7th Street.
Location: 1938 W Division Street, Chicago
When: Thursday, July 17th @ 9PM
Tomorrow is looking like a busy night for both of our city’s. Not only is it Vogz B-day, the homies Beasthead & Glow Mechanics will be LIVE in Chicago. Jerry’s in Wicker Park will play host to what’s looking like an awesome night of music. The event will feature performances from Fluffy, Psalm One, Beasthead, Deuce Funk Monsters and Glow Mechanics; rounding out what should be a good time. The cover for this one’s only $5 so no excuses, we hope to see you all there.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The bitter ending to Cause happened over the weekend, but it should be noted, the last hip-hop performances damn near set the place on fire (and probably should have). With the soon to be sports bar in place, we cross our fingers for a failed restaurant, which presumably leaves that side of Minneapolis dead. Before we get ahead of ourselves, lets focus on the night that was.
After performances by Moonlight Grammar and ECID, Phillip took to the stage while the bar was already packed thick. We’re talking’ inside to outside, people were flowing in and out the doors like it was your ladies time of the month. I mean, this was one of those special nights at Cause, and rightfully so, it happened a few nights before closing.
After Phillip Morris wrapped up another good performance, Rapper Hooks took to the stage and immediately had people thrown’ up drinks – everyone got involved. With the lights dimmed low and smoke filling the air; the bar was buzzing heavy for this set. It really goes without saying, but, Cause featured the right crowd, on a perfect evening, making it one for the books. Now everyone’s question is, who will be the next to replace the iconic venue/restaurant??? I am not so sure there will be one, anytime soon that is…only time will tell.